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Wednesday, May 24, 2000

Little Alaska town braces for influx of tourists with opening of road
WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) -- For the 280 people of this Prince William Sound port, tucked away at the end of a long bay and surrounded by mountains, isolation has been both a blessing and a curse. But that seclusion is about to end.

Man arrested in Alaska for 1986 Arizona murder
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man has been arrested in Alaska for an Arizona murder nearly 14 years ago, police said.

Rain ends plan for prescribed burn in Farewell area
McGRATH (AP) -- Plans for a prescribed burn on state land in the Farewell area of the Interior were postponed Monday until next spring.

Dillingham stands firm on dump bear viewing permit
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Despite pressure from state environmental and wildlife officials, the Dillingham City Council has refused to back down on a plan to allow bear tours at the city dump.

Canada donates fund to salmon conservation funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canada has deposited $335,000 into two conservation funds to help rehabilitate salmon runs on the West Coast.

Soldier charged with killing stepson arraigned
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Fort Wainwright soldier charged with the death of his 4-year-old stepson was arraigned Tuesday, but he postponed his right to enter a plea and select the type of trial he will face.

GOP turns its back on Rep. Young's lands bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska adopted a resolution at its state convention Saturday opposing a landmark bill sponsored by their fellow Republican, Rep. Don Young.

Alaska Supreme Court recommends reprimand for retired judge
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska Supreme Court has voted to publicly reprimand former Superior Court Judge Karl Johnstone for interfering in the hiring of a coroner in 1994.

Governor signs meth, crime bills
JUNEAU (AP) -- A bill increasing the penalties for manufacturing methamphetamines and three other crime bills were signed into law Monday by Gov. Tony Knowles.

Investigation into smokejumper death continues
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Safety investigators with the Bureau of Land Management say they won't know until next month why a smoke jumper's parachute failed during a training exercise last month at Fort Wainwright.

Gwichin to follow caribou migration to protest ANWR development bill
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gwich'in Natives from the U.S. and Canada will follow the Porcupine caribou herd to their calving grounds this summer to protest renewed efforts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

Skagway police chief announces retirement
SKAGWAY (AP) -- Police Chief Scott Eddy will retire May 31 after 21 years in law enforcement, including eight in Skagway.

GOP turns its back on Rep. Young's lands bill
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Republican Party of Alaska adopted a resolution at its state convention Saturday opposing a landmark bill spnsored by their fellow Republican, Rep. Don Young.

Plane in polar landing doesn't sink, rescue planned
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- When last we left the North Pole, five adventurers were waving goodbye to their airplane, which was mired wing-deep in soft ice and slowly sinking to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.

KTVA sale nears completion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sale of Anchorage's No. 2 television station to MediaNews Group could be completed as early as Wednesday, company officials said.

Alaska disputes report on jackscrew test
SEATTLE (AP) -- Alaska Airlines is disputing a newspaper report that a j

Matanuska Telephone reaches $187.5 million agreement with ACS
PALMER (AP) -- Matanuska Telephone Association has reached an agreement with Alaska Communications Systems to sell the cooperative for $187.5 million, the companies announced Monday.

Southeast loggers cited for feeding, shooting at wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fish and wildlife authorities have cited two people in a Southeast logging camp for hand-feeding a wolf and for shooting at a wolf that was hanging around a work site waiting for a handout.

Babcock ascends to head state GOP
JUNEAU (AP) -- Tuckerman Babcock, the veteran Republican activist who ran much of John Lindauer's disastrous 1998 campaign for governor, ascended to the chairmanship of the Republican Party of Alaska at the party's convention.

Juneau college student assembles grizzly skeleton
JUNEAU -- A 9-foot-2-inch grizzly bear that once roamed north of Juneau is on display at two local schools.

Rescue crew to recieve highest honor
JUNEAU (AP) -- A Coast Guard helicopter crew will receive the nation's highest peacetime flying honor for plucking three fishermen from the Gulf of Alaska during a storm last November.

Two Kantishna miners seeking millions from government
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Two men who nearly 20 years ago owned one of the biggest gold mining outfits in the Kantishna Mining District before going bankrupt are seeking millions of dollars from the government.

Minimum 10 students expected to enroll in the fall
FALSE PASS (AP) -- School Superintendent Wes Knapp is keeping a close watch on fall enrollment in the Aleutians East Borough School District.

Report says ANWR could contain 16 billion barrels of oil
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government agency released a report Tuesday that says the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain could contain as much as 16 billion barrels of oil.

Inter-Island ferry start-up delayed
KETCHIKAN (AP) -- The Inter-Island Ferry Authority's new service between Ketchikan and Prince of Wales Island will begin about six months later than anticipated, a spokesman said Monday.

Hairline hull crack found in oil tanker leaving Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 3 1/2-inch crack was discovered early Monday in an Exxon tanker departing from Valdez, creating a sheen and forcing the ship back to the dock, state officials said.

Judge locks up Anchorage food bank
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state court judge on Monday ordered that a food bank operated by Anchorage activist Michael O'Callaghan be shut down.

KTVA sale nears completion
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The sale of Anchorage's No. 2 television station to MediaNews Group could be completed as early as Wednesday, company officials said.

Hairline hull crack found in oil tanker leaving Valdez
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A 3 1/2-inch crack was discovered early Monday in an Exxon tanker departing from Valdez, creating a sheen and forcing the ship back to the dock, state officials said.

Cruise ship catches fire in Glacier Bay
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire aboard a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park burned for about 45 minutes Tuesday, causing extensive damage but no injuries, Coast Guard and cruise line officials said.

Man found beaten to death
JUNEAU (AP) -- A man found dead in an apartment Monday was the victim of a severe beating.

Knowles signs PCE endowment
KOTZEBUE (AP) -- A bill that pours $187 million dollars into an endowment to pay the subsidies that offset high power costs in the Bush was signed into law Tuesday.

Angoon residents look for wounded grizzly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Authorities in Angoon have been unable to find a grizzly bear wounded after it charged a man Saturday.

Canada donates fund to salmon conservation funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canada has deposited $335,000 into two conservation funds to help rehabilitate salmon runs on the West Coast.

Cruise ship catches fire in Glacier Bay
JUNEAU (AP) -- A fire aboard a cruise ship in Glacier Bay National Park burned for about 45 minutes Tuesday, causing extensive damage but no injuries, Coast Guard and cruise line officials said.

Little Alaska town braces for influx of tourists with opening of road
WHITTIER, Alaska (AP) -- For the 280 people of this Prince William Sound port, tucked away at the end of a long bay and surrounded by mountains, isolation has been both a blessing and a curse. But that seclusion is about to end.

Local officials promote Nikiski terminus for natural gas pipeline
KENAI (AP) -- Work by local officials to promote Nikiski over Valdez as the terminus for a pipeline to export North Slope natural gas appear to be paying off.

Around the Peninsula
Volunteers sought by WRCCSmall business center to hold workshopBarbecue plannedVets to hold annual elections Saturday Free chamber luncheon offeredInterpretative program planned

Community Calendar
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Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Chamber luncheon plannedSalad luncheon scheduledChamber to hold luncheonMapping cemeteries is topic of meetingBuilders dinner plannedYard sale, flea market slated in Anchor PointVolunteers sought by WRCCSmall business center to hold workshop

Canada donates fund to salmon conservation funds
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Canada has deposited $335,000 into two conservation funds to help rehabilitate salmon runs on the West Coast.

Photo feature: What's for dinner?
Marlene Rae Jones motions to family after weighing the 270-pound halibut she caught in Cook Inlet Tuesday afternoon about 16 miles from Deep Creek.

$400K bequest to be shared
Bill Wells was a quiet man who focused on his family and his work, friends and relatives said. But since his death in December, the wider Kenai community has discovered that he also was a generous philanthropist.

Mat-Su borough, Anchorage chamber support Cook Inlet pipeline terminus
Local officials' work to promote Nikiski over Valdez as the terminus for a pipeline to export North Slope natural gas seems to be bearing fruit.

But delays expected in some spots
Contrary to previously advertised reports, there will be no closure on Kalifornsky Beach Road Thursday.

Soldotna intern learning 'WRITE' stuff
Erik van Eaton was having a pleasant dinner at Godfather's Pizza in Soldotna when he was gripped by deja vu.

Open road: Whittier braces for more tourists
WHITTIER -- For the 280 residents of this Prince William Sound port, tucked away at the end of a long bay and surrounded by mountains, isolation has been both a blessing and a curse.

Cooper Landing man files for District 8 seat
Lifelong Cooper Landing resident Larry Smith has joined the crowded field in the race for State House District 8.

Whittier not a threat to Kenai tourism - yet
When the new road to Whittier opens two weeks from now, there will be a lot of tourists turning left at the end of Turnagain Arm a few miles before they reach the Kenai Peninsula.

For one grad, future is now
While most Nikiski Middle-Senior High School 2000 graduates plan for the events to come, one young woman already has memories and a future in the U.S. Marine Corps.

63 Bulldogs howl at Nikiski graduation
Moments before 63 young men and women were to attain diplomas, many gathered in the commons of Nikiski Middle-Senior High School to hug parents, straighten caps and place everlasting memories in a yearbook Mon-day night.

Photo feature: Hunting and pecking for dinner
A male three-toed woodpecker makes its way around a dead spruce tree in search of dinner recently. Like dirty dishes left in a sink, a pile of bark beneath the tree provided evidence of previous meals.

Robert L. 'Bob' Harris Sr.
Former Kenai resident Robert L. "Bob" Harris Sr. died of an aneurysm on Friday, May 19, 2000, at Morton General Hospital in Morton, Wash. He was 74.

New parks department on council agenda
Public testimony about the proposed fiscal year 2001 budget will take center stage at tonight's meeting of the Soldotna City Council.

Nieuwendyk notches overtime goal to slide Avalanche into 3-2 series hole
DALLAS -- Joe Nieuwendyk is once again coming through for the Dallas Stars when they need him the most.

Indiana proves much too versatile for Knicks to defend against
INDIANAPOLIS -- Big difference between this place and Miami.

German foreign exchange student enjoys time in Alaska
The Nikiski High School boys soccer team had a distinctively international flavor in its midfield this season.

Lindros to rejoin Flyers front line
VOORHEES, N.J. -- Eric Lindros returned from injury and exile Tuesday to a spot in the Philadelphia Flyers' lineup.

Devils stave off elimination with 4-1 victory in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- The New Jersey Devils did not make their latest trip down the New Jersey Turnpike in vain.

Blazers burn through Lakers
LOS ANGELES -- He is a 6-foot-11 portrait of grace and skill at his best; hot-tempered and self-destructive at his worst.

Golfers acquire new equipment, tell same old stories
The Kenai Golf Course is in full swing, the golfers are happy to be out there on the fairway.

Southeast loggers cited for feeding, shooting at wolves
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- State fish and wildlife authorities have cited two people in a Southeast logging camp for hand-feeding a wolf and for shooting at a wolf that was hanging around a work site waiting for a handout.

Juneau college student assembles grizzly skeleton
JUNEAU -- A 9-foot-2-inch grizzly bear that once roamed north of Juneau is on display at two local schools.

Angoon residents look for wounded grizzly
JUNEAU (AP) -- Authorities in Angoon have been unable to find a grizzly bear wounded after it charged a man Saturday.

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